Hackers will hack, but any attempt to attribute attacks back to an individual, group or state apparatus too often involves political agendas, cybersecurity marketing moves, attempts to deflect blame or outright errors of interpretation.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
A task force led by two lawmakers and a former U.S. CIO recommends the new administration should jettison outdated ways the federal government tackles cybersecurity, saying in a just-issued report: "Once-powerful ideas have been transformed into clichés."
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
Advanced threats are multi-layered and borderless - and so are today's enterprises. These are among the factors pushing organizations to adopt the Intelligent Hybrid Security approach, says Anil Nandigam of NSFOCUS.
As the Trump administration begins, expect a ramp-up in cyber espionage as well as more "test attacks" by nation-states, says cybersecurity specialist Brad Medairy of the consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.
In addition to announcing sanctions against Russia for election-related cyberattacks, the Obama administration has declassified technical information on Russian intelligence services' malicious cyber activities in an effort to help thwart additional attacks.
An analysis of a National Institute of Standards and Technology initiative to identify algorithms that could defend encryption against attacks from quantum computers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: An update on new FDA guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices.
Now that more breaches are targeting industrial control systems, organizations that have paid little attention to operational technology security must ramp up their protection efforts, says breach response expert Christopher Novak of Verizon.
With the rise of malware infecting IoT devices, DDoS defenders "have to assume that the attackers have an unlimited supply of machines that they can compromise," says Akamai's Michael Smith. But quarantines, ISP feedback loops and better patch management can bolster defenses.
Security software often generates so many warnings that it can be difficult to figure out which ones are the most serious. How can one differentiate good intelligence from bad? John Watters, founder of iSight Partners, discusses how to separate the signal from the noise.
Cyber espionage groups are using unconventional channels to hack target organizations, according to Mandiant' s latest research. Trusted service provider relationships are being exploited to compromise organizations in government and defense, says Rob van der Ende, Mandiant's vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan.
A variant of malware used to infect U.S. Democratic National Committee systems was also used to infect an Android app used by Ukraine's artillery forces, bolstering attribution of both attacks to Russia, says cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike.
As cybercriminals continue to wage more sophisticated, well-funded attacks, it's more urgent than ever to attract qualified professionals to careers in cybersecurity, Symantec CTO Dr. Hugh Thompson says in this audio interview.
The Obama administration has failed to reach agreement with 40 other nations on easing restrictions on exports of certain intrusion software, sometimes called "spyware," that could be exploited by repressive regimes - but also could be used to help secure computer systems.